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Phil's BBQ

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579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
+1 760-759-1400
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So if your looking for BBQ and know anything about North Carolina from Louisiana BBQ then the only place you'll find close to that in San Diego area is at Phill's BBQ. They have a few restaurant around the area. Known for their BBQ ribs (full and half), boneless ribs (healthier option), BBQ chicken and sides. They do not have... More 

Thank PaulCH-53
Friendswood, Texas
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75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited Phil's while we were staying in Escondido. It is a popular place with a large crowd for dinner time, but our wait was not unreasonable. Was looking for BBQ brisket, but didn't see it on the menu; guess it is more of a Southern specialty. I had the 1/2 BBQ chicken with two sides. The fries were a little... More 

Thank Buck W
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I visit this restaurant whenever I am in the area. I rarely queue for longer than 5 minutes, which also allows me time to check out the menu. Though I nearly always choose the pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw. Great food and great service with a smile.

Thank Steven C
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was disappointed in quality of the food and the presentation. My friend got the chicken and it was dry.. You get a nice size portion but it's just lacking something. Maybe was just a off day.

Thank Kathleen B
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Delicious baby back ribs, beans & cole slaw. Wow! Love the rib tickler! French fries are also great. BBQ sauce is delicish--

Thank pamc15
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed Phil's SO much. I love BBQ and this is one of the best I've ever had. They have very reasonable prices and it's more than worth it. I can't wait to get back to a Phil's since I'm from the East Coast!! Friendly service as well.

Thank PackerGirl70
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I LOVE the food here. Anytime I am in the area, I stop and eat here. Usually at night, the wait can be an hour but it is worth it. I have been going at lunch time, so there is usually not a long wait. I would recommend the baby back ribs, with a side of potato salad. I have... More 

Thank Lisa P
Escondido, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn't know what to expect since it was my first time that I have been there. Me and my boyfriend ordered our food. I got the baby back ribs dinner the half order with french fries and cole slaw as my side dishes. And my boyfriend got the full ribs dinner with potato salad and beans. The ribs were great!... More 

Thank hotelrvwr_10
Salinas, California
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to the Phil's in SD. This one was less hectic. The staff actually helped us find a table and helped us carry our food. Food, as always, is the best. We always order the beef rib dinner. Large meaty ribs seasoned perfectly. I never use the sauce as the BBQ is perfect without, but my husband and... More 

Thank Del S
Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am really happy when I see a place that started out small and makes it big and instead of getting complacent they continue to strive to provide great customer service. This is Phil's in a nutshell. I have been to their two locations several times over the years and the quality of the food has not diminished, nor have... More 

Thank msmxtoo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: +1 760-759-1400
The San Diego site was featured on the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food. Great food and interesting ordering/food pickup venue. All ages welcome.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?